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Joe Kelly leaves start after four innings due to injury
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:46 pm ET) Cardinals starting pitcher Joe Kelly left his start Wednesday at Milwaukee with an apparent hamstring injury.

Kelly called for the trainer after trying to beat out a bunt single in the top of the fifth inning. Kelly would not take the hill in the bottom of the fifth inning, as he was replaced by Seth Maness.

Kelly left trailing the game 1-0, but he pitched well before getting hurt. The right-handed hurler allowed one unearned run on three hits and no walks, while striking out two in four innings. He lowered his ERA to 0.59.

The only run Milwaukee scored off Kelly came on Carlos Gomez's RBI double in the third inning. However, he was charged with an unearned run as Logan Schafer, who scored the run on Gomez's double, reached base on a Matt Adams' fielding error.

Kelly's next scheduled start is for Monday against the Mets, but his status is up in the air following Wednesday's injury.


Strikeouts mar strong start for Tyler Flowers
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:44 pm ET) White Sox new starting catcher Tyler Flowers has not only fallen into a 2-for-15 slide since slamming 11 hits in his first 23 at-bats to start the season, but he is on an absurd strikeout pace. He has fanned 17 times in 38-bats.

Flowers, however, still boasts productive numbers with a stat line of .347/.375/.442. and has improved dramatically behind the plate over last year.


Marcus Semien scuffling after fine start to season
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2:32 pm ET) White Sox second baseman Marcus Semien has not fallen into a deep slump, but he has certainly struggled after a strong start.

Semien has just two hits in his last 16 at-bats to lower his batting average from .250 to .216. He has also fanned 16 times in 56 at-bats, but has shown a bit of the power that marked his minor league career with two doubles and two home runs.


R.A. Dickey, Dustin McGowan to pitch in doubleheader
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:00 pm ET) The Blue Jays will start R.A. Dickey in the first game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Twins after Wednesday's game was postponed due to inclement weather. Dickey was scheduled to start Wednesday.

Dustin McGowan will start the second game of the doubleheader, per Sportsnet.ca.


Jose Tabata leaves game after running into outfield wall
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:56 pm ET) Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata left Wednesday's game at Cincinnati in the bottom of the fifth inning after crashing into the outfield wall while making a catch. Tabata, who ran into the wall with his left shoulder, walked off the field under his own power after being evaluated by trainers.

Tabata was 0 for 2 before leaving the game. He was replaced in left field by Starling Marte.


Astros holding off bringing Jon Singleton to the majors
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:41 pm ET) Now that the Astros have promoted outfield prospect George Springer, the attention will now turn to first-base prospect Jon Singleton, who is off to a promising start at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Singleton is batting .333 with four home runs, five doubles and 16 RBI in 12 games.

However, Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow did his best Wednesday to avoid putting a timetable on Singleton's arrival to the majors.

"We’re happy that Singleton is off to a good start," Luhnow said, per MLB.com. "He does not have the Triple-A track record that Springer has yet. We feel he needs to develop that track record. We’re always going to be in a position where our fans want our top prospects to come up here sooner than we think they’re ready to come up here. Last year, it happened to [Jarred] Cosart. We did bring Cosart up at the right time and when he came up he contributed and helped us win ballgames. He still is showing that deserves to be at this level and is ready to help us win."


Rays sign Doug Mathis to minor league deal
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(1:31 pm ET) Veteran right-hander Doug Mathis has been signed to a minor league contract by the Rays, per MLBDailyDish.com. He was recently released by Texas.

The 30-year-old Mathis has not pitched in a major league game since 2010.


Rickie Weeks off to slow start in second-base platoon
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:26 pm ET) After a promising spring, Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks has gotten off to a slow start offensively, as he platoons with Scooter Gennett at second base. Though, Weeks is in the lineup when a left-handed starter is on the hill and has made just four starts through 14 games.

"I see him in [batting practice], he still looks good," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said, per MLB.com. "But somewhere along the line, you need to have that feeling and get some hits and feel confident, and then hopefully that carries you for a long spell. There’s a lot of platoon systems that work really well. The guy who’s the right-handed hitter, he’s the one who’s got the games where you might not play for two weeks."

The challenge for Roenicke remains figuring out how to get Weeks going offensively.

"It may be difficult," Roenicke said. "We’re trying to win as many games as we can win, and I have to figure out who are the best guys to put out there that day. It’s difficult on some of them. It’s no different than a guy who is playing every single day [in the minor leagues], he comes to the big leagues and now he’s a bench player. It’s the same thing."


Mets recall Daisuke Matsuzaka after demoting John Lannan
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:20 pm ET) The Mets announced Wednesday they demoted reliever John Lannan to Triple-A Las Vegas. The team recalled pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, who failed to land a spot in the team's rotation in spring training, from Las Vegas to take Lannan's roster spot.

Matsuzaka will work out of the team's bullpen, but he could be a backup option in case Jenrry Mejia (finger) misses his next start.


Mets to know Jenrry Mejia's status on Friday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:16 pm ET) Mets starting pitcher Jenrry Mejia, who left his start Tuesday with a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand, will throw a bullpen session Friday. Manager Terry Collins said he will know after the bullpen session whether or not Mejia will be available for his next start Monday against the Cardinals.

 
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